Friday, May 31, 2013

Elementary educators

In those 3 boxes of photos were a number of school pictures from when my parents taught elementary school in the Los Angeles area.  I framed a few of them and they are on the wall in my living room.

I finally bought a scanner so "scanning photos" is on my (never-ending) list of things to do.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

It's a sign

If there is a parking space in front of Quebrada Bakery when I'm driving to work, it's a sign that I should get a blueberry scone.  Today was one of those days.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Today's numbers

Number of times the dermatologist sprayed pre-cancerous spots on my face with liquid nitrogen: 16

Total of all the dimes/nickels/pennies I'd been saving in a mason jar that I exchanged for bills at the bank: $46.15

Number of bowls of Amish macaroni salad I ate for dinner: 2

Monday, May 27, 2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Visiting Emmett

I made a quick visit to see Emmett today after church.  Lion was dressed in his Sunday church tie and Emmett was cute as can be.

Bennet's proud sisters

Elder Bennet Peterson and his parents

Elder Lazenby

The twins and their girls

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Mismatched chairs

For a few years I've been talking about getting an old farm table and mismatched chairs.  I haven't found the table yet but I've been collecting chairs.  Today I decided to start using them!  The pink one was $10 at a thrift shop in Maine, I bought the black one at an antique shop in Virginia on my holiday road trip, I bought the white one at an antique shop in New Hampshire, and the brown one was $20 at the MIT furniture exchange.  Now I'm searching for the perfect old farm table.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Princess Elizabeth's carabiner crown keychain

I brought her this from DisneyWorld.  She loved it, of course.

DisneyWorld street photography

A few people mentioned the turkey legs you can buy at DisneyWorld (see above!).  When did Disney go all renaissance fair on us?!?  They are $10.50 and I'd buy one if there was a roll and some cranberry sauce to go along with it.  But it's just this huge turkey leg.

Years ago I took a street photography class through the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.  It was a fantastic class taught by Randall Warniers.  He gave us an assignment each week and then we'd bring our photos and spread them out and walk around the table to see what everyone had shot.  I remember one assignment was to shot an event with authority.  I took a trip to SLC during the class and I went to Temple Square and shot some brides/grooms and pretended I knew them.  Another assignment was to shot without looking through the camera.  I don't know what category this photo would fall into but I love this shot.

Teens and their turkey legs!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Happy Birthday to Adrie and Robes

She's 18.  I can't even believe it.  She's beautiful and awesome and funny and one of my very best friends.  I'm thankful for all the good times we've shared and memories we've made.  I love my Sweet P.

Monday, May 20, 2013

The happiest place on earth!

Adrienne and I spent 10 hours at the Magic Kingdom and had a lot of fun on rides (we rode Space Mountain three times), eating good food (Dole whips, cream cheese pretzels, cotton candy, and BBQ sandwiches), people watching and making memories.  There was a 40-minute monsoon (it is Florida, after all) that slowed us down for a bit but other than that we walked and laughed and enjoyed a wonderful day together.

A day at DisneyWorld

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sunday's events

Church, dinner with family and friends, seminary graduation and then the drive to Orlando!

25 years!

I arrived in Boston, sight unseen, on May 19, 1988.  I posted about My Big Adventure five years ago.

I left LA and never really looked back (though I've been back a few times--last year after a 20 year hiatus).  I love living in New England.  I've had great jobs, fantastic friends, a full and busy life, and I can honestly say moving here was one of the best decisions of my life.

Instead of writing about all the wonderful things I've done in these 25 years, I'm going to list 25 things that I have yet to do/or visit in New England (some of these are have I not climbed to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument?).  Here's the list:

I'll start with: walk to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument
Eat at the Top of the Hub
John Adams house
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Canoeing on the Concord River
Sturbridge Village
Harvard football game
Glass flowers at the Harvard Museum
Buy a glass pumpkin from the MIT Glass Lab
Cranberry bog
Harbor Islands
Drive to the top of Mt. Washington
Paul Revere House
Tour of Fenway Park
Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum
Duck Tour
Boston Tea Party Museum
Cliff Walk in Newport
Pawtucket Red Sox game
Boston Globe tour
New England Patriots game
Ride all subway lines end-to-end
Peaks Island, Maine mailboat run

I love Boston!!!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The answer is NO -- I didn't drive this time

Brain Tumor Ride

This Sunday is the ride for the National Brain Tumor Society.  I've been involved with the Ride since 1998 as a volunteer, committee member, cheering bystander (when I couldn't ride) and rider.  It's been a fantastic experience and I'm guessing that our team, PATTON'S ARMY, has raised close to $75,000 over those years.

My niece Adrienne is graduating from high school this weekend and I'm traveling to be there to celebrate with her so we are missing the Ride this year.  PATTON'S ARMY will still have a presence; my friend Brian Sweeney is going to be the sole rider in Boston this year.  He and three firefighter friends actually did the 50 mile ride that very first year (and I volunteered -- and as soon as the riders left I realized that I wanted to ride, so I have almost every year since then) so we will be well represented.  We always have a prayer before we start and Brian said this year he'll have the prayer for Robes by himself.

Adrienne did the ride the first time when she was almost 10.  Her story is inspiring.  She actually talked about us flying back after her graduation to do the Ride the next day but I told her we were going to celebrate her graduation this year instead (FYI -- she's heading to BYU-Hawaii in the Fall!).  I'll never forget her first ride:

That was a BIG day for a little girl.  To quote Brian, "Adrienne miraculously finished the 25 miles.  She gained not only unseen pride from her dad, but she also tapped into an inner strength that is now hers forever."  And to quote Tadd, "Your determination to finish on your own, reminded me of the great marathoners of the world collapsing as they finished their own races.  The difference between you and them, is not only your age, but in your reasons for riding and your vision for doing so.  I imagine really great things will come from you."

Click here if you are interested in making a donation to PATTON'S ARMY (donations can be made until July).  THANK YOU!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

He's still in the oven

I visited my friend Emily after work today.  She was in good spirits and is patiently waiting for her little boy to get bigger and older.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Ian the Deacon

Ian turned 12 this week and today was ordained a deacon by his uncle Brandon.  I was able to be there to hear Brandon's beautiful prayer and also take some photos (guys don't think of that).  Ian is a great young man and will be a fantastic addition to our young men's program.  By the way, I think this kid is going to be about 7 feet tall!

Treats for the women

All the women in my ward received a Lakota Bakery cookie with this nice Elaine Dalton quote as a little gift.

Arlington Ward moms

Nan with her brood

There are very few photos of the four of us with Nan which makes me love this photo that I found recently.  It was taken on a vacation--possibly in the California Redwoods.  We are blessed to have a smart, loving mom who enjoyed taking her kids to see and do everything imaginable (Robes used to say "we did everything there was to do in LA twice") -- beaches, museums, sporting events, parades, amusement parks, restaurants, cultural activities, and more!  Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013

Paper calendars

I love writing what I do and who I call each day in my calendar.  I've used a paper calendar for years and always will.  The other night I was sorting things in my crawl space and found some of my old calendars.  I need to find all of them and put them together in a box.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

High maintenance brown butter chocolate chip cookies

My friend sent me a link to this recipe for brown butter chocolate chip cookies.  She warned me they took a while to make.  It took about a half hour just to brown the butter (then you chill it...) and there's an extra step or two.  But...I tried one and they're really really good.  High maintenance but worth it!

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Soren's in town!

His mom is graduating with her masters degree on Friday so they are in town this week (from LA).  He's grown a lot since here and here and  here.  He's an adorable busy boy!

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Sister Elsa Rebentisch is going to Moscow!

Elsa invited me to be there when she opened her mission call tonight.  I guessed Russia (and 4 other places mostly in Europe) and she's going to Moscow!  She was so excited!!!  I'm really happy for her; she's going to be a terrific missionary.